Ministry of Truth

How Orwell is this?

The newly-established unit would use “new media” channels to push its message and “set the record straight”, Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff said.

“We’re looking at being quicker to respond to breaking news,” he said. “Being quicker to respond, frankly, to inaccurate statements.”

A Pentagon memo seen by the Associated Press news agency said the new unit would “develop messages” for the 24-hour news cycle and aim to “correct the record”.

The unit would reportedly monitor media such as weblogs and would also employ “surrogates”, or top politicians or lobbyists who could be interviewed on TV and radio shows.

So the Pentagon are “correcting” news stories? Maybe I shouldn’t be so shocked.


  1. It would be great if the Pentagon would correct news stories — they’re the ones responsible for many of the lies and inaccuracies in the first place!

  2. Why do they need “surrogates” when they have FoxNews?

  3. Fair point. Maybe they want everyone else as a surrogate too.

    Incidentally, knowing what I know about US media, I have to say that when I hear about “the liberal media” I find myself thinking “what liberal media is that, then?”

    Seriously. We’ve got some liberal media over here. You guys really haven’t.

  4. We have media pretending to be unbiased while indeed, your media does have a slant. But it’s an expressed slant and not pretending to neutral.

    There’s no major media in the US like the Guardian…

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